Cloth diapers: our first eight months

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It’s been a while I plan to update the progress here on our experience with cloth diapers.
In fact 8 months now abundant that we use them. Our experience is overwhelmingly positive. We do not feel the slightest lack of disposable, though, I must admit, I continue to still be a little surprised.
I am writing this, because all ‘beginning, I confess I was afraid that I had embarked on a’ company of my biggest strengths: a newborn baby, two brothers under the age of 8 and a plausible post-partum fatigue, made me look at those diapers of cloth, all well washed and sorted under the changing table, as obstacles to be overcome or as commitments to be taken to the absolute Good , but which in reality had little to do with the way we live. Indeed, harbored strong fears of having bitten off more than you can chew , with the feeling of having to make that clear we had to adapt to a situation that, at best, looked forward to as a sustainable and healthy but that required, as far as I was concerned, the burden of having to absorb an additional commitment.

Surprisingly, however, not only washable have positively rejected my gloomy pessimistic expectations, but I must admit that, although still not sure if I’m saying something positive or not, our lives with washable, has not changed not In fact, the flexibility and the comfort of cloth diapers, have allowed us to forget that they are doing something right over the good for ourselves, for the ecosystem and the health of our son and our portfolio .
Of course, these values ​​have initially focused our theoretical decisions, but now, I have to admit, we’ve really enjoyed it and probably we would continue anyway, even apart from them! That fact that we made, is that instead were precisely the washable to adattatarsi perfectly to our lives and smoothly, without effort, but rather with more satisfaction and total sustainability! Here is a first assessment Our experience shows that the different types adopted and the different models that we used during the past few months and we continue to use to this day.

We use only all-in-two (AI2), ie, diaper fabric combined with a variable Waterproof in pul.
As a start, we stopped at two types of AI2: the muslin , rectangular sheets of cotton like gauze or muslin in a very sparse plot of 80×80 cm.

Our choice fell on muslin 10 Disana in organic cotton that we bought at a very reasonable price. They are practical to use, just know some basic folds. A little ‘challenging get carried away when the child begins to fidget on the changing table, but if you start now, when the child is still a baby, I highly recommend them. In addition, I have used them for other purposes: as a cover sheet to cradle in the summer, as the basis for the change when we are away from home and as a bib or towel after bath. One of the great, commendable advantages of muslin is the speed of drying: beaten.
Disadvantages: you have to know the folds and do not have a strong absorption, but it is a disadvantage that can be remedied with the addition of a booster (or a strip of fabric that is padded by reinforcement). However for liquid stools of infants should be fine without reinforcement. Are not the best gear on the fly, but a lot depends on practical experience.

Require a closure. We used the snappies , fantastic and very effective inventions of modern technology, which have supplanted the traditional safety pins of yore.

Another AI2 we used a lot in the first three months was fitted (or a preformed absorbent pants) Popolini Size Two bamboo , a fantastic diaper light but absorbent, little bulky and very comfortable that provides the possibility to adapt in accordance with the size of the grip through practical press studs.

The main disadvantage is that this type of diapers must be purchased in sizes. Our size S lasted up to 4 months. They also require drying time a bit ‘long, approximately 48 hours in winter.

For both AI2, we used waterproof cover Popolini Popo-wrap , which include Velcro Customizable according to the size and bulk of the diaper.


For the night, the first three months we felt safer to use the disposable, the number of 2 per night.

We continued with the set-up before and after abandoning those in bamboo because it was too small, we oientati on AI2 fitted Popolini called Ultrafit , in organic cotton.

We have started to use them also for the night (having eliminated the intermediate gear nocturnal), because they have incredible absorbency, even if they are rather bulky and dry slowly in winter, although in less time than those in bamboo.

In addition, we have added some other types of washable as All in One (AI1) in all respects similar as practical to disposable diapers because they are integers or not they include additional booster fixed or mobile .

Our choices have been oriented on the Gro-Via in the version Hybrid (combining the simplicity of AI1 with the flexibility of mobile inserts) are ideal for changing away from home , also thanks to absorbent booster that stick with buttons to the body of the diaper and are also superfast to be dried. The only flaw is a thigh perhaps too Sgambati, who more than once allowed the liquid to escape.

We have also adopted the diaper pocket , ie AI1 diapers that can be filled through an internal pocket with one or more absorbent inserts.
We chose an Italian product, Naturalmamma pocket organic cotton and microfleece inserts.

I have the pocket commendable advantage of being adjustable for size (these range from 3 to 12-18 months), through the buttons on the front and stretch through life. The major disadvantage is the slow drying of the diaper. We we purchased them in a cost-effective supply of 10, with double inserts included, which allowed us to be able to overcome this problem that would otherwise be taken into account well before the” purchase.

For batttesimo we made to give the grandparents of the beautiful and colorful AI1/pocket of Totsbots EasyFix with interior microfleece very comfortable and absorbent, although not resulting bulky at all.


Their particular type provides a long strip of microfleece that folds first on itself and then goes inserted internally to a pocket similar to that of the pocket, by doing insert. But who has the practicality to stay attached to the diaper and to be able to roll out before washing, so as to speed up the drying (which is fast).

We are using the same brand of AI2 Bamboozle Stretch in fabric soft and absorbent bamboo we use with the Waterproof. These practical and comfortable, although a bit ‘slow, like all those in bamboo, when drying. Ranging in sizes and each of them can in turn be adapted to two different stages, via buttons on the front part.

This, however, is a cover of Mother-ease that has side buttons instead of the stretch. It ‘easy as changing speed, but I definitely bulky (does balloon effect), although I must admit that’ much containment safety from leaks coming from the layer below. The buttons, for a panty cover, in my opinion, are not a good idea, why limit the duration of size.
I must admit though that I bought them especially attracted by fantasies summer and sea, but maybe if I could go back, do not buy it.

During the days of September, the heat and probably of less frequent (mea culpa!) Led to a small irritation candida . For two weeks abundant, on the advice of the pediatrician, we went back to disposable to prevent moisture aggravated the situation so that the cream could act locally without damaging the tissues of diapers.

This experience, involuntarily, allowed me to do, on balance, a step forward in the understanding of the structure right for my baby. For example, I have now completely removed the veils raccoglifeci paper ( similar in all respects to a kitchen paper or a toilet paper that are thrown in the toilet and allow you to remove the big , without too dirty diapers). In addition to being a waste of paper and an additional cost, these veils are impregnavano of pee, making the wet remain in contact with the genital part for too long. For sensitive skin is not good.
I then found a new simple, economical, environmentally friendly and most importantly, very effective for the skin: the veils washable microfleece.

These in fact have the ability to pass the wet state below, wiping immediately and then isolating the skin from wet just enough to not cause irritation. You buy in packs of 10, low prices and can be washed and reused indefinitely. In addition, with solid stool of children weaned, they are comfortable, because empty into water without any problems.
For those who have children with this type of predisposition to irritations, we also sell the silk drapes burette (a raw silk by the powerful healing properties for the skin), which can be useful at times of inflammation.
After this experience, we have put in stand-by Naturalmamma pocket, probably because their fund organic cotton things relatively easy stagnation. Now we use them to change on the fly and always with micro stuck internally and with layer of cells in contact with the skin.

Another important aspect that we have experienced, was the need to simplify and streamline our baggage of cloth diapers. Especially in anticipation of the coming months by Walker and until the potty, we bought prefolds , or rectangular strips of cotton divided vertically into three columns from two longitudinal seams that need to take a firm center pad .

The prefold usatissimi are in the U.S., because they combine the advantages of muslin (very cheap) absorbency of upholstered furniture, without the need to acquire a great deal of manual work, as the folds are facilitated by stitching. We bought the kit cost of Real Nappies , New Zealand company that supplies public hospitals that (civile!) nation, which also include panties waterproof pieces of velcro to life (and thus better adapted to the circumference the child’s life). But I have in mind, if there is need to sew the next prefold alone, being really very easy to coinfezionare home recycling old towels and sheets flannel or cotton.
For now they are doing great. Comfortable, not bulky, the panty is well made and well-fitting, and are very easy to use. They can also be filled with additional booster, even then for the night, our next step, soon, we will adopt.

For days where I work and where the baby is with his grandparents and changes on the fly out of the house, I’m still using the large set of AI1 Totsbots. Grandparents are well and reported no difficulty when changing diapers.

The first eight months have gone very well. It ‘was, and still is, a’ very important experience for all of us in the family and, I would say, even for those who attended closely and to all those with whom we interact daily, first of all the mothers of other children who did not know the washable.

Here is a summary what I learned in these 8 months :

I learned that cloth diapers are highly customizable and flexible depending on the child and its specific features (My example has sensitive skin and girocoscia large, are factors that I now have in mind before to buy), and also depending on the growth stages. Council to buy various types and to limit the temptation to buy too much too soon.
In my case, in fact, the 10-pack of Naturalmamma was perhaps too much to purchase a number of diapers, although I can not say that we have recovered economically or has taken a buggeratura. Are in fact good diapers, which are currently on stand-by, but that does not rule out use again when AI1 Totsbots will become too small.

– Another item that I have experienced, is the practicality of the change. Using the very AI2, now that the baby moves a lot on the changing table, I learned stuff already in the diaper and keep it ready for the change already after drying. And now, in all respects, the speed of change is comparable with that of the disposable.

– In addition, I understand the need to avoid the Manichaeism : do not get caught by hand washable and consider a final choice and from which there is no turning back. Of course, I can not help feeling a bit ‘guilty when I use the diapers of paper, but if I do there is always a need behind, so it is always to be considered a temporary solution. In any case, the important thing is that they are washable the general rule and not the absolute imperative.

– If you plan well, I learned that the need for diapers is minimal in terms of economic cost. In our case, this is not 100% successful, perhaps I could make more informed choices, especially during the first few months, but I must also admit that there was a diaper or a type that has been left by the wayside: I used everything and all I have now a well-defined idea and opinion.

What are your experiences with washable? Which types are best suited to the age and circumstances of your children?

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